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Fred MacMurray, Willam Frawley, Tim Considine. Get your first taste of this former hit on CBS with the first installment from its black-and-white days! 18 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1960/b&w/7 hrs., 30 min/NR/fullscreen.
When one thinks of cutting edge television, My Three Sons does not immediately leap to mind, but this beloved Boomer-era staple (it ran for 12 seasons, which, for a family sitcom, is second in longevity only to The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet) broke the nuclear family mold. Fred MacMurray's Steve Douglas was a widower, raising his titular brood--college-bound Mike (Tim Considine), middle son Robbie (Don Grady), and youngest son Chip (Stanley Livingston)--with the help of his gruff, but soft-hearted father-in-law, Bub (William Frawley). In the first episode, when a door-to-door cosmetics salesman asks to see the woman of the house, Bub laughs, "Boy, do you have the wrong house." Also not par for the sitcom course is the avant-garde use of sound effects. In one episode, sibling rivalry over a girl results in a "cold war" between Mike and Robbie. Their dinner table sniping as Steve tries to broker peace is punctuated by the sounds of guns firing and bombs exploding. Which is to say that My Three Sons has aged nicely, and has much to offer beyond nostalgia. No offense to the great William Demarest, who replaced an ailing Frawley in 1965, but the series' "Bub" years were the best. Save for the episode in which comedian George Gobel is a guest at the house, the situations are grounded in reality, and the writing often surprises with twists that subvert sitcom convention and stereotypes. "Countdown" cleverly unfolds in real time as the family's Monday morning routine plays out against a televised satellite launch. In another episode, a fraternity rejects Mike, not because they are snobs (the usual sitcom portrayal), but because they believe Mike isn't serious enough about his education. Some episodes simply bring home the laughs, as in "The Little Ragpicker," in which a realistic looking dummy causes a new neighbor to think the worst about the Douglases. But there is genuine pathos in "Bub in the Ointment," in which Bub's "Irish temper" and lack of tact embarrass the kids, until Steve reminds Mike of the sacrifices Bub made to move in with the family after his daughter died. The boys talk, act, and fight like brothers, and Steve, while a pipe-puffing fount of sage fatherly advice, is sometimes at a loss, and is allowed to be testy and impatient with his "wild bunch." The split season is unfortunate, but these inaugural 18 episodes are a healthy serving for those who want a taste of this iconic series. --Donald Liebenson
The one star reviews have convinced me not to purchase this. It's a shame the money people can't put out a decent and complete product. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wallace B.
I tend to agree with previous reviewers regarding the rip-off by CBS/Paramount. First they distribute series sets piecemeal. Then they break seasons into 2 parts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NYPD Blue Afficionado
I read in the reviews that the opening theme song for the show had been replaced, this is not true. I love this DVD set and would reccomend to to all.Published 7 months ago by john
Great first season! The Douglas saga begins, for Steve (Fred MacMurray) and his trio of boys Mike, Robbie and Chip (Tim Conszidine, Done Grady Stanley Livingston) with their... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
I was all set to buy this, but do not like what I am reading about it. I'm afraid I agree with these folks and I will NOT be purchasing this series after all.Published 7 months ago by C. Lassiter
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Well, they did it again. On all but two episodes the original scores have been replaced just like in The Fugitive. This will never stop until people start boycotting these companies. It's getting so you can't pre-order anything anymore because you never know if you'll get the product you... Read More
Oct 1, 2008 by J. Clyde | See all 5 posts
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Tell me- is the UK edition edited like they say the USA version is? This has avid fans in an understandable uproar.
Oct 20, 2008 by take403 | See all 4 posts
Gosh ,yeah ! What a great show!!!
Oct 5, 2008 by michael randall | See all 3 posts
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Haven't heard anything Glenn. Remember NOBODY really knew what the music was going to be like on Season 2, Vol. 2 until after it was released. There is no way I'm buying Season 3, Vol. 1 until I hear from real fans what it's like. Maybe THIS time they'll get it right - I know it's what we're all... Read More
Aug 7, 2009 by Garth Lough | See all 2 posts
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I purchased from sell.com and am pleased to have unedited version but I did not realize it was taken from tvland with the logo displayed and commercials intact. Not really what I was hoping for but no different than had I been able to do themself from the tv. Depends on what you are looking for... Read More
Jan 1, 2009 by mimi | See all 4 posts
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